All image © Takuji Shimmura
In 2011, local authorities in Paris revised the urban regulations for the Masséna-Bruneseau sector in the city’s southeasterly 13th arrondissement. This amendment allows for the construction of residential towers measuring 50 meters tall, and of office blocks measuring up to a total height of 180 meters. Earlier this year, French practices Hamonic + Masson and Comte Vollenweider completed the first housing project of 50 meters to be built in Paris since the 1970s.
Functioning as one single building and offering social housing and home ownership opportunities, the project connects the strict rigidity of the neighboring avenue de france, the entrance to the adjacent ivry suburb and ultimately, the transition from a linear city to a vertical one. Looking at the project from the street, terraces spiral upwards, catching the light at every angle. The 200 individual apartments are stacked on top of one another, while maintaining a sense of individuality through the incorporation of various external terraces and balconies.